Youngsters use their talents

SHOTLEY youngsters have put their artist talents to use, by adding a fresh splash of colour to a bus shelter.The privately-owned building in Great Harlings Road was given a new design based on a theme of colourful arrows.

SHOTLEY youngsters have put their artist talents to use, by adding a fresh splash of colour to a bus shelter.

The privately-owned building in Great Harlings Road was given a new design based on a theme of colourful arrows.

However things did all go according to plan.

Just after they had completed the work a police van appeared to investigate claims that the bus shelter was being vandalised. The problem was soon settled though after a brief call to the owner.


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Ten local children, aged 10 to 14, used paint left over from their homes to name their meeting point Buzzy, their slang term for 'bus stop.'

Frazer Leeks, 16, of Blake Avenue, said: "This is the place where we hang out and chat as there is very little to do in Shotley. The shelter was going to be knocked down but the owner told us that we can use it if we look after it."

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Campbell Graham, of Tudor Close in the village, felt that the youngsters had done a good job.

He said: "The bus shelter is now very clean and tidy and looks fantastic. "The teenagers deserve some praise and recognition for their efforts as people usually just moan about them. They do get up to mischief but on the whole they are good. There is just so little for them to do round here and it is nice to see they have done something positive with their time."

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